Breaking News – Lausanne (NEWZ247) Three further Russian bobsledders have been banned from the 2014 Olympics for doping.
Alexander Kasyanov, Alexei Pushkarev and Ilyir Khuzin were disqualified based on proof that Russia operated a doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Russia denies the claims, saying it is the target of a politicized dirty tricks campaign designed to besmirch its status and curb its sporting success.
The president of Russia’s bobsleigh federation stated the trio were “leaders of the national team” and suspect international sports authorities of trying to weaken it.
“They will do everything likely for our country to go to the Olympics with a third or fourth-tier line-up,” Zubkov told a news conference in Moscow.